[nafex] Columnar apples

dwalsh/wchase wchase at interchange.ubc.ca
Wed May 9 12:14:44 EDT 2001


Joe,

I agree that the columnar apple trees are a marketer's mirage.  The ones I've seen
definitely grow branches and these must be cut off early and the person who buys
this does not know it ... result is a dwarf semi-branched apple tree with
bland-tasting fruit.

Also, they are marketed as stand-alone apple trees, but they are not self-fertile.

Derry

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:
: My two cents is that the columnar form stinks for raising quality
: fruit.  One vertical with
: many 6" side branches and fruit on side branches.  Roger's kept pushing
: vigorous side branches at 30 degrees from vertical which then competed
: with the central leader.  Stark's response was that the grower had to
: prune them to make them look like the picture in the catalog.  Roger was
: put-out because he could prune *any* tree to look like the picture.
:
Columnar apples are an
: bad idea that was some Madison Avenue types used as a gimmick to foist
: trees onto the naive public.

:
:                                             -Joe Hecksel
:                                              Eaton Rapids, Michigan



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